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What moth is this and how do we get rid of them?

This bugs are everywhere in my house and we've tried so many home remedies, but they won't leave. Can anyone help us!?
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What species is this interestingly colored brown moth

This fella fluttered into a kitchen at night, maybe from the vegetation in the yard, and I got lucky to trap it in a transparent plastic bag for a while (with enough room to move, which it started ...
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Anyone can identify this moth?

Found on the ceiling of my flat. Place: London, UK Date: 9th of August Size I would say slightly more than inch and inch and half (3-4cm) wingspan Suspect on the photo:
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What is this stick-like creature?

My wife noticed this on her trousers immediately after coming home - probably acquired after brushing past a bush. It's about one inch long, and does not move much - but when poked it will flex and ...
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What is this yellow sticky excretion from a moth? Details in photos

Saw this moth on some grass the other day and took some bad phone photos. I'd like to know what the yellow excretion is. I believe it is an excretion from the moth (as opposed to for example, some ...
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Why is the coremata of Creatonotos gangis huge?

This Australian moth has been some kind of curse image online due to its scent organs (coremata). It is inflated to attract mates. However, why does the coremata have to be inflated for it to work, ...
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Insect identification - pantry moth vs clothes moth

Are the following insects a pantry moth or a clothes moth? I live in Europe, if geographical location is of importance in this case. The insects are about 7 - 10 mm in length. For several months I ...
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Identification of a small to mid-sized, yellow moth species found in India at monsoon season

I am from India and it's monsoon here. What is the name of this insect? Description: Length: ~4cm Width: ~2.5cm Color: yellow, almost uniform across the wings. Slightly darker, dandelion yellow ...
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Please help me identify this caterpillar species (Sabah, Malaysia)

I kinda having trouble searching the internet to find this caterpillar name. Does anybody know what kind of species they are?
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What do butterflies eat?

I found a beautiful scarce-swallowtail butterfly in my storeroom, but it was kind of frozen and couldn't fly away. So, I put it on my terrace in the sun. After a little bit, it flew a few meters away ...
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What is this animal that hides in dustlike structure?

I'd like help identifying the species of animal in these two photos. There's some dust(or dust-like substance) with something alive inside of it (possibly a larva or I don't really know what to call ...
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Identify this smooth-cocoon worm from Southern India

I couldn't identify which species these worms belong to. I believe they're insect larvae. They measure approximately 5 to 10 mm in length, and are common in the southern states of India. They carry ...
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Insect/cocoon ID?

Can anyone ID this? We’re in the Rocky Mountains, Western US. We found it stuck to the wall of our garage, a few feet up, hidden behind a snow sled. It seems to be covered, or surrounded, in what ...
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What type of butterfly or moth is this?

Can anyone please determine if this is a moth or butterfly and what its name? We found it near a waterfall in the Philippines. There's actually a bunch of them and it seems that it's their natural ...
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Dragonish caterpillar from North Vietnam

I encountered this caterpillar in North Vietnam (Hanoi) and could not find any reliable web site for this kind of search. I am not an entomologist, so I don't even know how to describe it, except that ...
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What species of butterfly/moth is this please?

What species is this please? It's really tiny. That's an oregano leaf. Location: United Kingdom
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Species-ID: What is this thing attached to my wall (California, USA)

I found this thing attached to my wall next to my garden. I live in Simi Valley, California, USA. At first I thought it was a caterpillar and I left it alone, but after 2 or 3 months I don’t think it ...
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What diurnal red & black moth is this?

Seen today on a hot summer day in Stockholm, Sweden. Length around 25 mm.
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What type of Caterpillar is this?

What type of Caterpillar is this? My hand brushed against this last night and it burned and itched immediately. Today it's starting to blister, is red, and itches all around the bumps. I was ...
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How do insects recognize their host plants?

Many insects, like butterflies have specific host plants on which they feed or lay eggs. While researching about some butterflies, I found that they lay their eggs on certain specific plants and their ...
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Caterpillar identification

It has since cocooned I think but it was a weird circumstance. I kept adding leaves for it to eat, and it decided it was done, and cocooned under a wilted leaf. I'm wondering if anyone can ID the ...
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What species is this cocoon?

I found this cocoon outside my house and I want to know what insect might be inside it and it’s species. Please help! I found it a day ago when it was a worm, now its a cocoon, it’s like outside the ...
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Which moth is this?

City name - Mohali (Chandigarh) Season - winter(after rain of western disturbance) Location - IISER Mohali hostel near tube light of mess Time - 21:49, 22 February 2019 Size - 1.5cm 2:
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Identifying a creature that appears to be a worm wrapped in a cocoon

This creature was found on a bed. At first, I thought it was a piece of lint, but then it suddenly moved. I picked it up in a paper towel and put it in an eye cream containers, which it is currently ...
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Worm type bug inside of stick? What is it? [duplicate]

This bug was found on the wall of my closet in Seattle, Washington. It has been around 40-50°F lately, and it is winter. It looks like a tiny, brown, fuzzy stick/twig, but there is a hole through the ...
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What is the name of the species of this butterfly?

Well,I am from India and live in the northern part of the country.I commonly find these butterflies during winter or spring seasons. The original image shot is:
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Can trichoptera and lepidoptera be distinguished with the naked eye?

Are there any tell-tale signs which one could use to distinguish adult trichoptera from lepidoptera? To me, trichoptera just look like moths: One method would presumably be to touch its wings and see ...
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What kind of creature is this?

I saw this on Facebook today and have tried researching it myself, but I have had no luck.
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What kind of red/green/black, spiny caterpillar is this?

It's red and lime green with black on its back and a few white spots as well. Found in Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA).
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What species is this orange and black caterpillar from Costa Rica?

Does anyone know what type of caterpillar this is? I don't know much about them. Pictured it in January in Costa Rica cloudforest (Monteverde) and am using it in a speech for visiting Costa Rica. ...
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Caterpillar resembling a snake

I found a very interesting caterpillar. It's 5 cm long and looks like a snake. I discoved it in a greenhouse on a vine in the Czech Republic. I found two types: a green one and a brown one, both ...
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Can anyone identify these moths?

Here are two lepidopterans I collected in Oregon (USA). The wingspan of the bigger one (on the left) is ~4 cm. I spent a lot of time browsing this website hoping to find a match, but I didn't have ...
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Oak processionary or what else?

We have those caterpillars with some sort of webbing on stinging nettles below some oaks. Photographs I found in Wikipedia look quite hairier with long white hairs but maybe it's the molting level? ...
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Can someone ID this moth seen in Bellandur, Bangalore?

Picture taken near Saul Kere. You may need to zoom in.
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Help me identifiy this moth?

I found this moth in Bengaluru/India. Its body length was nearly 2cm. Brown colored with three yellow rings.
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Is this a moth? How might these wings unfold?

I'm having trouble understanding how these wings might work. Are they somehow folded or bent by 90 degrees so that part of the wing is vertical and part is horizontal to be more compact? If so, how ...
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Can someone identify this Lepidoptera larva?

That's from Brazilian Amazon, more specifically a small mountain (300 m high) called "Morro dos Seis Lagos" (six lakes hill), at São Gabriel da Cachoeira municipality, Amazonas state, located at 0.283 ...
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what species moth is this?

found in garden in wiltshire, england. about 15mm-20mm long. Resting at 6pm on raspberry plant.
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Caterpillar identification: Peru

Could you please help me identify this caterpillar (Amazon rainforest, Peru)? Is it a species of Megalopygidae???
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what type of insect is this? is this a moth? (southeast asia - Malaysia)

i found this insect in the garden behind my house a few months ago.This is the first time i saw this insect.On that day the weather is very hot.I found the insect in the afternoon.I am from Kelantan,...
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Identification of a caterpillar from NY

I recently camped at Harriman State Park in Southern New York, in early October. Upon returning home, I noticed that I had a passenger with me. The caterpillar in question is an almost translucent, ...
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Fluffy creature

Can anyone help identify this little creature? It was found in Gulf Shores, Al., USA. Approx. size 2-3 inches (5-7,5 cm)
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Does Batesian mimicry rely on constant reinforcement?

If the species being mimicked, the monarch butterfly, for instance, were to become extinct, would the species mimicking it loose all of the benefit gained by their Batesian mimicry immediately? I ...
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Species ID from Hungary

I found it on the wall, it was calm for 15 minutes. Central Europe, Hungary. Never seen anything like this. I have two more pictures.
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What is the species name of this moth?

This insect was found in India. It looks like a hawk moth to me, but I still can't get the exact name for this species.
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What is this flying animal that hovers like a hummingbird? [duplicate]

What is this animal? Characteristics: Has a long curved bill. Has green upper body and a dark black lower body. Likes petunias. Hovers like a hummingbird but is a bit smaller. Has small rear feather-...
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What species of moth is this?

Please help identify this species found at home. I think it's a moth. Size is about 1 cm. Is it harmful if found at home? Location: urban home in Hong Kong Click photo for full-size picture
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Why is a butterfly actively looking for cool, dark spot, long before dark?

Here in Croatia, the Woodland grayling Hipparchia fagi flies constantly in the garden of my holiday home. Yesterday, I observed that one of these bufferflies was actively looking for a cool/dark spot ...
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Help me identify this caterpillar looking insect

Can someone please help me identify this caterpillar looking insect from the Caribbean? Thanks.